A House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh
(Eddie Dickens Trilogy)

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Prepare for gales of laughter and showers of clever merriment as this "scrumptious cross between Dickens and Monty Python" (The Guardian) grandly appears in paperback.

When both of Eddie's parents catch a diseas that makes them turn yellow, , it's agreed he should go away and stay wioth relatives at their house, Awful End. Alas for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud - and the journey to Awful End will take him to everywhere from St. Horrid's Hone for Grateful Orphans to an audience with The Empress of All China. They never actually make it to Awful End, but that's okay. The hilarious, nefarious, precarious journey is well worth its weight in wonderful and wacky words.

About Philip Ardagh

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Philip Ardagh is a full-time writer of fiction and nonfiction. He has written more than 70 books, including the Eddie Dickens Trilogy and The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens. Philip participates in literary festivals all over Great Britain, and he enjoys watching the wildlife in his backyard. He lives with his wife and one cat, Beanie, somewhere by the sea in England. David Roberts is Charles Collis Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. Among his books are" Paternalism in Early Victorian England "and" Victorian Origins of the British Welfare State.
Published September 1, 2003 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ardagh uses the third of his Unfor—er, “Unlikely Exploits” to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren’t really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities.

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When Eddie’s bedridden parents “turn yellow, go a bit crinkly about the edges, and smell of hot-water bottles,” Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maud arrive to sweep him off to their mansion, Awful End.

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His mother calls him Jonathan ("for Jonathan was the pet name she called Eddie when she couldn't remember his real one"), and his father sends the boy packing with his (truly) Mad Uncle Jack.

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